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DR pros and cons of OSs

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Tell us what you think about Mike Talon's advice about the DR pros and cons of different OSs, as featured in the Feb. 4 Disaster Recovery e-newsletter. Which OS does your organization use? Does it fulfill your DR needs?

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Perhaps not perfect, but very good : QNX

by jlmarmier In reply to DR pros and cons of OSs

There is a very good OS with a lot of developpment possibilities : QNX. QNX is free for non-commercial use. You can use it on your PC, PAD etc.. specialized for real time application, this OS is garantee for Nuclear, Spatial, Medical environments. You can find it on http://www.qnx.com

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Linux as a DR solution for Windows

Perhaps a bit of irony, but I have been recommending and installing Linux as a fallback DR solution for Windows servers. The scripts I've developed can be used in situations where the more elaborate machinery of tape/san+enterprise solutions are awkward and/or relatively slow to execute. Linux has advantages over Norton, in
better hardware manufacturer support and licensing.

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Linux as a DR solution for Windows

Perhaps a bit of irony, but I have been recommending and installing Linux as a fallback DR solution for Windows servers. The scripts I've developed can be used in situations where the more elaborate machinery of tape/san+enterprise solutions are awkward and/or relatively slow to execute. Linux has advantages over Norton, in
better hardware manufacturer support and licensing.

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Solaris Not Just for Sun Hardware

by Del In reply to DR pros and cons of OSs

While Solaris is admitedly the most robust of the UNIX variants, SPARC compatabile hardware is (and has) been available from Fujitsu. Fujitsu Primepower Servers offer a reliable, cost effective Solaris platform.

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More than Sparc

by draco vulgaris In reply to Solaris Not Just for Sun ...

Solaris is also available for Intel based machines. We run Solaris on both desktop PCs and servers.

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THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A PERFECT OS

by TheSeacher In reply to DR pros and cons of OSs

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In reference to Mike Talon's "THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A PERFECT OS" he used the term DR frequently. Yet I did not see any definition given for DR.

Anyone?
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DR = Disaster Recovery

by editor's response In reply to THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS ...

Thanks for pointing that out, Worth the money.

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What about OpenVMS?

by h.fitch2 In reply to DR pros and cons of OSs

Many major data centers operate with OpenVMS with excellent disaster recovery performances (i.e., OpenVMS continues to operate through most disasters without major performance degradation). Perhaps it's time for the "experts" to consider some of the tried and true OS options (MVS anyone?).

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No longer politically correct

by draco vulgaris In reply to What about OpenVMS?

VMS (the "Open" is silent), while no longer politically correct, is a superb operating system. It's a shame that Ken Olsen and Robert Palmer killed the goose that laid the golden eggs!

One of the classic stories from the late eighties or early nineties concerned the French bank that lost its Paris data center in a fire without losing a byte of data or a minute of processing time; their VMS Cluster simply failed over to a backup data center 35 miles away. All the disks were shadowed at the backup data center! Does this sound like the Merrill-Lynch trick? Same thing but circa 1988!!!

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another politically incorrect system

by fae In reply to No longer politically cor ...

iSeries, nee AS/400. Ditto Draco's comments re VMS: an excellent machine, not yet dead but hardly helped by it's keeper (IBM). There are many examples of companies who have successfully recovered operations on systems dedicated to DR/HA for both planned and unplanned outages.

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